Barmecide /ˈbɑːmɪsʌɪd/


I. adjective

‹rare› illusory or imaginary and therefore disappointing.
II. noun

a person who offers benefits that are illusory or disappointing.
– origin early 18th cent. (as a noun): from Arabic Barmakī, the name of a prince in the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, who gave a beggar a feast consisting of ornate but empty dishes.

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